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In November

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  429 ratings  ·  72 reviews
In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all of its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter. And people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends.
Cynthia Rylant's lyrical language and Jill Kastner's rich, cozy paintings capture the cherished moments of this autumn month--the moments we spend together and the ones we
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 15th 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Nov 03, 2010 Heidi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: spike
Wonderful illustrations. It really captures the feel of this time of year. The illustration on the final page leaves you quiet and still as you recall the feeling of driving home on a cold, clear night after a day of feasting with loved ones.
I am doing a Preschool Storytime on Autumn and I found this book. I think it is a more winter book than autumn but I will probably use it as a backup book. It tells about all the different things that go on during November. There are no leaves on the trees, animals and insects are hibernating or getting ready to do so. Snow is coming down, people are baking and getting together for Thanksgiving. I loved this line from the text "In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. ...more
Rosa Cline
This was a very beautifully written story about Fall; written almost as if it was a poem and they put it in a child's book. The illustrations are watercolors pictures which makes the verses stand out that much more. Talks about the earth getting ready for winter and the animals getting ready as well; then toward the end she talks about a 'special day in November' where people come together to share and give thanks for the food they eat and the babies in their arms. It never says "Thanksgiving' s ...more
Pleasant enough text, a bit poetic--very short. Artwork didn't really connect with me--a bit too abstract (the cover art is a bit misleading).
Jun 26, 2014 Kristina added it
Shelves: science
This book is about the month of November and how things change throughout the month. It discusses the weather, the family gatherings, the animals, the food, and the trees. It discusses how animals sleep more, trees lose their leaves, and food starts to smell different. I think this book can lead to a lot of exploration in nature during the month of November. I think it can teach kids that things change such as weather, animals and trees. It teaches them family values as well with gathering for t ...more
Oh. I had expected more of a story than a nostalgic look (and explanation) of what comes in November. I love November--and I'm seeing many of the things referred to going on around me now. (And the food part--amen!) But I wasn't impressed with the text overall. I liked the illustrations. But this is certainly a lap-read. I have no idea how to read this for a storytime of any age. Unless for PJ storytime when I like to get a calmer one here or there. Hmmm.... I'll consider.

11/29/10 I was worried
Dec 06, 2012 Margaret rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten
Obviously we're running a bit behind in our weeks as today's read was In November and we're a few days into December. *sigh* November has always been a favorite month for me for so many reasons. It is my favorite season of the year with all the beauty of the colors and leaves and changes. The temperatures outside are wonderful to enjoy as well. It is also a time of gathering with family and friends and then of course there is my birthday. With all of that, coming in, I was guaranteed to enjoy th ...more
Dalila Eckstein
If you love a book with beautiful language that paints a picture and creates a mood, then you will love In November. Rylant deftly strings together words that make me appreciate what a gifted writer can do. If you are teaching the craft of writing, this book offers exceptional examples of descriptive phrases that are poetic and generate vivid pictures in the mind. Even "In July" it can have you longing for crisp air, the hush of snow, and the "orange smell" of food!
McKinzie Elton
Before reading this book aloud, I would slowly leaf through the book, noticing the illustrations artist Jill Kastner uses to reflect each moment. I would ask my students if they have any favorites, what senses the artist appeals to through the paintings, and what they smell, hear and feel.

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I loved the text of this book. Thanksgiving is never mentioned by name, but still a wonderful read for November. Beautiful illustrations. A sample of this beautiful text:

"In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year. In November people are good to each other. They carry pies to each other
"In November", by Cynthia Rylant, is a short, picture book that describes different aspects of what happens during the month of November. From the birds flying south, to families getting together to share a feast, this book is the epitome of Fall. I really enjoy the illustrations by Jill Kastner and how they capture the mood of this season. Cynthia Rylant does a fantastic job describing what happens in nature during the month of November as well as how families get together and become closer at ...more
Lynn Plourde
A gorgeous, succulent book. Who can make November (an often dreary month in New England, along with May) appealing? Rylant and Kastner can! Rylant's lines like "trees are standing like sticks and bones," and November food is "an orange smell," and the sun is a "sometime friend" cause a reader to pause and smile.
Ali Mccauley
I enjoyed this book fro two reasons. One, because November is my birth and I love that this book reminded me of the beauty of it. Two, I liked it's focus on all the blessing in each and every one of our lives. We are so privileged here in the United States and I'm glad this book recognizes and emphasizes that.
Allison Wine
This book does a great job illustrating what the month of November brings. The weather changes, animals go into hibernation, and leaves begin to fall off the trees. November is a month of change, and through this book students will be able to visualize the change that happens. Snow begins to fall and families start to gather for holidays. This a great book to read during the month of November, so students can make connections with what is happening around them.

The illustrations are unbelievable
1/13 Huh. I'd forgotten that I didn't much like this book when I was gathering read-aloud books at the library. And interestingly enough, though I still loathed the illustrations, this time Rylant's prose worked for me. I must have been in an especially curmudgeonly mood the first time- or maybe I was going too fast since I wasn't sharing it with anyone. Either way, I retract my earlier review.

7/11 2 stars. I usually adore Rylant's stuff. This is the exception. Part of it is that I loathed the
That's what I'm talking about. Jill Kastner's beautiful, soft illustrations help tell a story that is about Thanksgiving although Cynthia Rylant never actually says Thanksgiving. I love the way this book made me feel all warm and cozy. I especially love the description of the smell of the food - "it is an orange smell". Yes, exactly: sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. An orange smell.
Carter Harrison
We liked this book, and our mom really loved it. The pictures were really pretty, and it was really neat to read about all the animals.
Linda Lipko
As summer ends and fall begins next month, this was a lovely book to read. The author listed the many beautiful things of fall, and in particular of November when fall nears completion and all prepare for the winter.

It is a soothing book with wonderful calming images that delight the soul.
Joanna Marple
Great read aloud. Beautiful, evocative prose. November feels, smells, looks and tastes so good!
Melissa Kasso
This book has some nice examples of personification.
Cynthia Rylant does a beautiful job "explaining" November in this book. The text is gentle and rich with description. (For example, "The trees are standing al sticks and bones.") The illustrations are perfectly matched with the text and are soft and gentle as well. We counted the cats "piled up in the corners of barns" (6) and the dogs lying before the fire (2) The foods of November with their "orange small" and all the warmth of Thanksgiving are captured between the pages of this book. A very s ...more
Jaime Davis
You just can't beat Cynthia Rylant's beautiful writing - chose this as my readaloud for the first day of November and my students really responded. You could tell from their faces they were really soaking up the beauty of her words accompanied by the wonderful illustrations. A nice break from the Captain Underpants reading they've been leaning towards... She does a great job conveying that "fall feeling" and I'm happy to have found it and made it a part of our classroom library. A great example ...more
Cassi Dick
"In November" talks about what the season of fall is like, since November falls in that season. It talks about the trees without leaves and how they are preparing for winter, how birds flock south and animals get thicker fur, how humans eat more squash and pumpkins because they are in season,and they holidays that are celebrated around this time. I really like how this book show great illustrations and detail about this one month and it's greatness. I think you should read this to grades k-2 whe ...more
Toree Howe
•This story describes the month of November through how it feels, smells and tastes.
•I really liked how this book made you feel the month of November. The weather changing, the foods we eat and the holiday we celebrate, gives November its own feel.
•This would be fun to read at the beginning of the month of November to help the children understand seasons and months.
•This book also was a great example of descriptive words for writers.

This book is great for students who are learning the months and
Ashley Seigal
Cute for the fall!
This book is great for a lesson unit on fall in any elementary classroom. With wonderful illustrations, children will be able to flip through the pages and see and read about the many aspects of fall and November. It's a beautiful time of year that is captured within the pages of this children's book. It is definitely one to keep in mind for that time of the year to elaborate on what kids are already experiencing outside.
4.25 This is a beautifully written beautifully illustrated book. It encompasses all of November! Just a great book!

Why I can't give it a 5 star. Well. I don't give much 5 stars, second It has mice in it....I hate mice...they have no merit or use expect as food for larger animals....
Nov 18, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
A beautifully illustrated look at November in the cold North (I am assuming that it depicts the northern tier of the US, since it shows all the trees bare already and we still have quite a few leaves on our trees!), with animals preparing for the long winter and people preparing a Thanksgiving meal. It's a simple story that is nice to read aloud and we enjoyed it very much.
Ileana Lindner
Title: In November
Author:Cynthia Rylant
Grade: 1st and 2nd

This beautiful picture book is a great illustrative story on what the colors of fall look like. It is a great science piece of literature for going into detail about seasons. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful and there are many observations students can make from the story.
Amber Adams
This narrative tells the story about many things that happen in November. It uses great sensory details and personification (trees are standing all sticks and bones) to tell the story. I would use this story in my class to teach students how to bring objects to life (personification). It will help students get creative with their stories.
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An author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children and young adults as well as an author and author/illustrator of picture books for children, Cynthia Rylant is recognized as a gifted writer who has contributed memorably to several genres of juvenile literature. A prolific author who often bases her works on her own background, especially on her childhood in the West Virginia mountains, she ...more
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“In November, some birds move away and some birds stay. The air is full of good-byes and well-wishes. The birds who are leaving look very serious. No silly spring chirping now. They have long journeys and must watch where they are going. The staying birds are serious, too, for cold times lie ahead. Hard times. All berries will be treasures.” 1 likes
“In November, people are good to each other. They carry pies to each other's homes and talk by crackling woodstoves, sipping mellow cider. They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings - for the food on their tables and the babies in their arms.” 1 likes
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